Rose Road Wollastonite Deposit, Pitcairn, New York

(Previously referred to as the Sugar Bush or Mulvany Property)

 

           Diopside and Albite                                   Albite                            Quartz pseudo. after Wollastonite                    Phlogopite                                          Graphite

 

This location is (as of this writing) currently open to the public.  The land owner charges a fee to go on their property and collect minerals.  A nice diversity of crystals and unusual pseudomorphs can be found on this area of land.  Titanite, diopside, feldspar and apatite are some of the more popular targets.  Sometimes well formed pseudomorphs of various species after wollastonite are encountered.  The site has been know since the 1800's so serious digging in soils and bedrock may be required to find material.  It requires SERIOUS work to find good specimens at this site!  In 2013 a new dig site was opened, named by locals the Purple Diopside Mound, that produced many new species and quality specimens.  Some of the finds from this new site are seen below.  Many of the species are fluorescent

The Purple Diopside Mound

Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York, 2013.

I worked an amazing vein of large gray to tan to light green Scapolites, Titanite, Phlogopite and purple Diopside last fall and this spring.  I am offering TN to cabinet pieces of excellent form but in this posting am showing the best of the material I have to offer.  This is the first time scapolite has been found at the location.  Scapolite is orange/yellow under SW UV and in crystals to 15 cm. The diopside is low in iron, perhaps accounting for the unusual color, and very much different from the classic green material from only 100 meters away!  It is in crystals to 2 cm each which are seldom in good form or for that matter, even stable as specimens. These look quite ugly in images and all are better in hand.

 

       

               Titanite in Diopside                                               Scapolite                                                           Scapolite                                                 Diopside

 

Here are some examples of the fluorescence...

    Scapolite (LW UV)

    Corundum in Scapolite (SW UV)

    Phlogopite (SW UV)

    Albite (SW UV)

    Fluorapatite (SW UV)

 

 

 

 

OKN-819

OKN-819      Scapolite       "Purple Diopside Mound", Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June 26, 2013.  Bright fluorescence in L.W. UV.  5.6 x 4.5 x 3.2 cm cluster in, or nearly in, parallel growth.  Silky luster, no damage, minor purple diopside on back or base if you want to display it as shown in my hand.  Fluorescent.  A complete and uncommon piece.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-818

OKN-818      Scapolite on Diopside       "Purple Diopside Mound", Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, June 26, 2013.  Bright fluorescence in L.W. UV.  A rare matrix example of this unusual material that measures 7.5 x 6.6 x 5.6 cm.  The scapolites sit up high on the purple diopside matrix and are beautifully formed.  The biggest grouping has one edge contact from another crystal, now gone.   No damage.  Fluorescent.  Excellent piece for this locale.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-115

OKK-115    Scapolite     Northwestern Diggings, Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New YorkCollected by Michael Walter, April, 2013.  Fluorescent.  This beauty is a prismatic single crystal measuring 6.3 x 2.2 x 2 cm.  It is a very rare floater broken free from massive calcite.  This is easily as nice as the few I kept for my collection and sold to the New York State Museum.  No damage or issues of any kind.  They don't come out cleaner!  $140

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKK-117

OKK-117    Scapolite with minor attachments of Diopside and Titanite    Northwestern Diggings, Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New YorkCollected by Michael Walter, April, 2013.  Fluorescent.  This example is a stocky single crystal measuring 7 x 6 x 4.5 cm.  It is double terminated but only slightly so with that end having matrix contact.  One edge has matrix of titanite and purple diopside.  It sits on end and an aesthetic angle.  Minor calcite.  Superb specimen.  $150

 

 

Phlogopite    

Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York

 

This material was found as much by accident as planned digging.  Previously the species was unknown to this historic locality.  These specimens were found on a single small exposure several feet below the surface.  Some were loose in the soil and more were found in a small section of a calcite vein.  Extensive digging was conducted over a week long period once the significance of these specimens was recognized but no further micas presented themselves.  Since that time the area has been torn up with no evidence coming forth to explain this unusual find. 

 

The crystals themselves are in books that may be either well formed hexagonal prisms or in crystals, usually larger, that are stepped or etched on their prism faces.  All crystals are terminated by pinnicoids that can be smooth but are also usually stepped or covered by growth features.  When the crystal faces are smooth the interiors can be observed, and to great surprise, they are gemmy internally.  The exterior color is a copper like, reddish brown.  Internally they range from red to yellow to green.  Please keep in mind that translucence will not be evident in the images as I do not backlight my photographs.  They are brightly fluorescent under short wave UV light and will rank among the finest micas to be found anywhere in New York State.

 

 

OKJ-714

OKJ-714    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This is the finest TN I have to offer.  It measures 3.3 x 3 x 2.3 cm overall and is composed of several crystals to 2 cm in diameter imbedded in fragmental calcite.  The crystal are well exposed and double terminated.  No Damage.  Fluorescent.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  $300

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-715

OKJ-715    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This fine example measures 2.8 x 2 x 1.6 cm overall and is composed of several crystals to 2.1 cm in diameter.  The crystal are well exposed and double terminated.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  No apparent contacts, one crystal has been cleaved.  $125

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-716

OKJ-716    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This grouping is composed of crystals to 2 cm each.  4 x 2.5 x 2.3 cm overall.  The crystal are well developed and double terminated.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  Fragile.  $200

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-717

OKJ-717    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  Here is the largest grouping I have available.  It measures 10 x 6 x 5 cm.  The individual crystals are up to 3 cm each.  The crystal are well developed and double terminated.  Good luster and form typical of the large crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  This is the only specimen on the matrix rock from the area.  $385

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-718

OKJ-718    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This grouping is composed of three crystals embedded in the massive calcite from the vein.  They are up to 1.2 cm in diameter each with the entire specimen measuring 4.7 x 3 x 1.9 cm.  The crystal are well developed and double terminated.  Because they have smoother prism faces they will appear totally gemmy when backlit.  Fluorescent.  Good luster and form typical of the smaller crystals from this unusual find.  $225

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKJ-719

OKJ-719    Phlogopite     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, summer 2012.  This piece is composed of a single double terminated crystal measuring 1.1 cm embedded in the massive calcite from the vein.  4.3 x 3.2 x 2.1 cm overall.  It appear strongly translucent to gemmy when backlit.  Good luster and form typical of the smaller crystals from this unusual find.  Fluorescent.  Very nice example for this price.  $100

 

 

 

 

 

Minerals from the Wollastonite Skarn (The Classic Site)

 

 

OKN-815

OKN-815     Albite (var. Antiperthite) and Diopside    Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael and Jay Walter, July 2016.  This is from the classic locality where good specimens of most species have become very difficult to find.  This one is a fine example in a plate measuring 13.5 x 12.5 x 6.5 cm.  A tapering plate that displays very nicely flat or on edge.  High luster, deep green diopsides with excellent form for this location are on ivory colored albites. One diopside is chipped, but the specimen is otherwise free of damage.  Contacts on all edges except one which is nicely crystallized.  Fluorescent.   $120

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-814

OKN-814      Albite (var. Antiperthite) and Diopside with Calcite    Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael and Jay Walter, July 2016.  This is from the classic locality where good specimens of most species have become very difficult to find.  This large plate measures 22 x 10 x 5 cm overall with beautiful, blocky albites to over 2 cm each.  As viewed in the first image the right side of the plate has natural cleaving of some crystals.  Overall in outstanding condition.  Small bright green diopsides scattered throughout as well as massive calcite (cream colored).  A very fine example.   Fluorescent.  $80

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-816

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OKN-816      Albite (var. Antiperthite) and Titanite with Calcite    Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County, New York.  Collected by Michael and Jay Walter, July 2016.  Another great example this one with small, translucent titanites to .8 cm each.  The specimen is 6.8 x 5 x 4 cm.  The albite crystals are blocky, very sharp, and free popf problems like growth distortions or staining.  Sides, bottom and back are also crystallized partially or entirely.  One small titanite has a tiny cleave otherwise free of damage.   Fluorescent.  $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKN-965

OKN-965     Diopside on Antiperthite    Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2006.  6.2 x 4.6 x 3.3 cm grouping with nice rich greed diopsides on white albite (var. antiperthite).  Great contrast, no damage, very nice example for the location.  Fluorescent.   $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-493

OKI-493   Quartz and Diopside after Wollastonite    Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Until our 2009 field collecting efforts there were only approximately a dozen of these pseudomorphs known to exist, all in the possession of Dr. Steven Chamberlain of Manlius, New York.  They were recovered loose from the soil at the southern most exposure of the dig site in the 1970s.  During 2009 an extensive excavation of the rock below this area was conducted and specimens similar to those found weathered free were discovered in an enormous massive calcite filled fracture.  Thirty days of mining, in which we processed approximately 2,000 cubic feet of calcite, produced several flats of fine specimens.  So, obviously, they were not common.  They present themselves as light to dark green, euhedral crystals, often still in massive a calcite matrix.  Normally the color is a consistent shade and not mottled.  The luster is usually quite high and exceptional for pseudomorphs.  The surface texture ranges from grainy to glassy and small attached crystals of blue fluorapatite are sometimes present on specimens removed from the calcite.  Naturally weathered free crystals never seem to have these accessory fluorapatite crystals.  The wollastonite pseudomorphs occasionally are found in association with diopside and albite and are rarely found on the marble host rock as matrix specimens.  Due to their rarity I will only be offering a few of these for sale.  Research on these unusual specimens is being conducted and a follow-up publication is being prepared. 

This 4.3 cm long example is an excellent representative of what we found.  It is single terminated, a very green color (which implies that it is almost all quartz and very little diopside in composition), not excessively pitted and very well formed compared to most.  A couple of patches of calcite, otherwise accessory mineral free.  Unusually high luster and odd surface growth patterning.  Nice and exceedingly unusual mineralogical specimen.  145$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKI-494

OKI-494   Quartz and Diopside after Wollastonite    RESERVED     Rose Road Wollastonite Occurrence, Pitcairn, New York.  Until our 2009 field collecting efforts there were only approximately a dozen of these pseudomorphs known to exist, all in the possession of Dr. Steven Chamberlain of Manlius, New York.  They were recovered loose from the soil at the southern most exposure of the dig site in the 1970s.  During 2009 an extensive excavation of the rock below this area was conducted and specimens similar to those found weathered free were discovered in an enormous massive calcite filled fracture.  Thirty days of mining, in which we processed approximately 2,000 cubic feet of calcite, produced several flats of fine specimens.  So, obviously, they were not common.  They present themselves as light to dark green, euhedral crystals, often still in massive a calcite matrix.  Normally the color is a consistent shade and not mottled.  The luster is usually quite high and exceptional for pseudomorphs.  The surface texture ranges from grainy to glassy and small attached crystals of blue fluorapatite are sometimes present on specimens removed from the calcite.  Naturally weathered free crystals never seem to have these accessory fluorapatite crystals.  The wollastonite pseudomorphs occasionally are found in association with diopside and albite and are rarely found on the marble host rock as matrix specimens.  Due to their rarity I will only be offering a few of these for sale.  Research on these unusual specimens is being conducted and a follow-up publication is being prepared. 

This 2.4 cm long crystal is an excellent representative of what we found.  It is double terminated, a medium green color, not excessively pitted and very well formed compared to most.  It remains in a matrix of massive calcite which allows it to sit nicely for display.  Overall size is 4 x 3.4 x 3.2 cm.  There is what looks like a small contact on one exposed edge of crystal but this could very well just be a poorly formed face which is common with the wollastonite found at this locale.  Nice and exceedingly unusual mineralogical specimen.  180$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-588

OKF-588      Diopside on Albite (var. Antiperthite)    Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2007.   A very nice specimen which displays only moderately well.  It is a substantial specimen measuring in at 7.5 x 6.2 x 4 cm with 2 primary double terminated diopsides to 7 cm each.  They are fairly well coated by albite overgrows which distract from the quality of the diopsides.  Floater with only a small area of contact on the backside involving two of the diopsides.  Brown areas are goethite after pyrite.  200$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-606

OKF-606      Titanite on Albite (var. Antiperthite)    Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2007.   A great matrix titanite of exceedingly high luster and perfect form.  It lies embedded in the feldspar matrix showing great contrast due to the color differences.  The crystal measures 2.7 cm long.  Two other minor crystals are present near the top and on the side of the specimen.  Cheap! For a nice NYS titanite of this high a quality.   Fluorescent.  90$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-600

OKF-600      Diopside on Albite (var. Antiperthite)      Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2007.  One of the better high luster specimen from this summer long dig.  The specimen measures 7.4 x 5 x 4.5 cm and has 3 primary diopsides to 5 cm each.  The biggest crystal sits up high on the specimen, is double terminated and nice in form.  Some terminations are very nice some crude.  The feldspars are crude as is almost always the case at this local.  This is an important specimen which is almost never available for sale.  The folks who find nice ones like these almost always keep them.  This is better than most museum pieces form this local.  Better in person.  I was lucky enough to find many of the best specimen ever recovered from this locale so I obviously need to part with some of them.  Sits great, views well from all sides and is damage free.   Fluorescent.  175$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-598

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OKF-598      Titanite      Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2007.  From the same pocket which produced what I believe to be the best titanite ever found in New York State!  This is a fine cluster of deep brown crystal in parallel growth.  3.9 x 3 x 1.8 cm in size with a basil contact.  Tiny bit of diopside on one edge.  Far better than most for the local and damage free.  This is expensive for a titanite but these are nearly impossible to find in this quality.  It is an open site so if you try your luck you’ll see this is true.  Actually, good New York State titanites from anywhere are rare.  An outstanding example….80$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-365

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OKF-365     Diopside and Albite (var. Antiperthite)     Rose Road Locality, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Scott Wallace, Summer 2006.  This group of highly lustrous crystals measures 4.5 x 4.1 x 3.6 cm overall.  There are four primary crystals in the cluster, all of which are doubly terminated.  There are two small attachment marks on the backside of the piece which will never be visible when displayed properly.  I worked all summer in 2007 at this classic location in seldom found pieces this clean.  This one is among the best miniatures to be found from this site and few will be released to the public.  This is an excellent one to grab up at this price.  An fine miniature for $65.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKF-366

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OKF-366    Diopside and Albite (var. Antiperthite)     Rose Road Locality, Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, Summer 2006.  This group of highly lustrous crystals measures 7.2 x 5 x 3.6 cm overall.  There are several beautifully formed albite crystals to 2.7 cm each as well as numerous poorly formed ones composing the matrix of this specimen.  The diopsides are to 3.7 cm each and in decent form.  They are best viewed from the back of the specimen but some stick out above the albite crystals for a nice color contrast.  I worked all summer in 2007 at this classic location in seldom found pieces this clean.  A couple contacts mostly to the back of the specimen.  Very seldom are the albite crystals from this locality so well defined.  Fluorescent.  A fine, very displayable, small cabinet specimen….. $70

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-419

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OKE-419    Diopside and minor Albite (var. Antiperthite)    Pitcairn, New York.  “Lunch Break Pocket” Collected by Michael Walter, 2006.  This pocket will be well documented in future literature.  Good specimens from this site are few and far between even though the site has been active since the mid-1800s.  This piece is composed of a 6.2 cm double terminated crystal and other smaller ones of fine luster and form.  Albites are poorly formed as well as backside of specimen.  Front side offers a fine display which shows what some of the best New York State diopsides look like.  An example worthy of a top collection of East Coast Classics.   220$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-407

OKE-407    Diopside and minor Albite (var. Antiperthite)      RESERVED     Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2006.  Good specimens from this site are few and far between even though the site has been active since the mid-1800s.  This piece is composed of two nice diopsides to 4.3 cm each which each have one nice clean termination and one extremely crude termination.  This big, translucent, high luster crystal has a crust of secondary diopside on one side and minor quartz pseudomorphing on its base.  This is an excellent miniature with nice aesthetics and no damage.  75$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKE-410

OKE-410    Diopside and minor Albite (var. Antiperthite)    Pitcairn, New York.  Collected by Michael Walter, 2006.  Good specimens from this site are few and far between even though the site has been active since the mid-1800s.  Exceptional grouping of great diopside crystals to 3 cm on white albites (to 2.3 cm each).  9 x 6 x 5.5 cm in size and sits beautifully for display.  An excellent display specimen which is exceedingly difficult to find on site.  Fluorescent.  85$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-632

OKB-632    Diopside and Albite    Pitcairn, New York.   Deep green, 3.4 cm double terminated diopside on calcite and albite.  Reattached to matrix.  Showy.  30$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-633

OKB-633    Diopside and Albite    Pitcairn, New York.   Wonderful green crystals to 2 cm each.  Fluorescent.  34$

 

 

 

 

 

 

OKB-634

OKB-634    Diopside and Albite    Pitcairn, New York.   Nice grouping of green crystals with largest being over 4 cm and double terminated.  Fluorescent.  45$

 

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